Times Higher Education Campus+ partnership

The University of Adelaide has entered into a partnership arrangement with THE Campus+ which provides a platform for academic and professional staff to disseminate insights and advice on key areas of higher education. 

THE Campus  aims to provide actionable resources for practitioners who wish to make enhancements in key areas of higher education, such as teaching and learning; impact and sustainability; internationalisation; early career research support; research management; equity, diversity and inclusion. The website also provides the space for the sharing of views about current topics and challenges in higher education delivery and enables connections with peers across the globe. 

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University of Adelaide academic and professional staff who wish to share their practice or engage in dialogue with peers on an international stage can submit resources (written or video) or opinion pieces. The Campus+ editorial team will provide guidance and support to prepare submissions for publishing.  

Contributing to this platform is a great way to share your practice and would be useful evidence for internal or external teaching award applications. THE Campus content has attracted more than 800,000 page views and their newsletter is sent to more than 29,000 higher education professionals globally.

THE Campus have specific style requirements for the written and video resources and opinion pieces which are outlined in these guides . You will save yourself considerable time if you read these carefully before starting your submission. 

THE Campus will make fortnightly calls for content on specific topics, but you can always pitch an idea to the editors.

Please contact the Teaching Excellence team to discuss your ideas for submission or if you have any questions. 

It is recommended that you access the THE Campus contributor terms and conditions relating to contributions.

THE Campus spotlight topics and schedule 

  • Due 13 February - Disability and learning/campus life

    Disability and learning/campus life, to include advice on topics including:

    • How to support students/staff with disability
    • What does inclusion mean for faculty/students with disability?
    • Campus facilities that make a difference
    • What universities get wrong in disability inclusion policy
    • How to foster diverse leadership
    • Disclosure: pros and cons
    • How to ensure support services are adequate
    • How to build specialised support services
    • Making sure that disability is included in EDI efforts
    • How to ensure digital/online courses benefit students with disabilities

    Deadline for content: Monday, 13 February

  • Due 27 February - Redesigning the university campus

     Redesigning the university campus, to include advice on topics including:

    • Re-assigning university estates for new forms of teaching and learning, public engagement, reduced emissions or online learning spaces
    • How to repurpose the lecture theatre
    • How to ensure facilities are/remain fit for purpose
    • How much space does a university need?
    • More faculty and administrators are working from home: what can be done with office space?
    • Small changes that make your campus greener
    • What is the future of the virtual campus?
    • Are sports complexes, libraries and other campus facilities still a draw for students?
    • Solutions to improve student housing
    • How to design university buildings with belonging and connection in mind
    • How should campuses change to accommodate online/digital education?

    Deadline for content: Monday, 27 February

  • Due 13 March - Effective pedagogies that work

    Effective pedagogies that work, to include advice on topics including:
    ·      Active learning
    ·      Peer-to-peer learning
    ·      Breaking down what works in-person v online
    ·      Flipped classroom
    ·      Student-centred learning design
    ·      Making learning fun and interesting
    ·      How to spice up the lecture
    ·      How to scaffold learning
    ·      How to develop a broad tool belt to respond to different students’ needs
    ·      How to feedback effectively
    ·      Productive failure
    ·      Experiential pedagogies
    ·      How to teach for different class sizes
    ·      Asynchronous / synchronous
    ·      Co-creation
    Deadline for content: Monday, 13 March

Previous submission topics

  • Due 30 January - Commercialising research and managing IP

    Commercialising research and managing IP, to include advice on topics including:

    • Supporting students in commercialising their work
    • How to turn your idea into a marketable product
    • Know what your IP rights are 
    • Advice on negotiating contracts
    • How to be an entrepreneurial researcher
    • Finding funding 
    • Finding the right commercial / research partners
    • Public purpose tech and universities’ role in that
    • Protecting open research practices
    • How to retain your talent and workforce
    • How to think more commercially
    • How to stay on top of trends/spot opportunities
    • Developing relationships with funders 
    • Setting up a commercial research lab / team
    • How to protect your IP
    • How can researchers monetise their data
    • Finding fields that yield funding
    • Injecting a start-up mentality into your research
    • Climate crisis solutions: bringing industry and academia together
    • The double-decker: research with impact and commercial success
    • How to ensure entrepreneurial activity is recognised and rewarded

    Deadline for content: Monday, 30 January

  • Due 16 January - How to promote academic integrity in your campus community

    How to promote academic integrity in your campus communityto include advice on topics including:

    • Promoting academic integrity and honesty through teaching practices
    • Pedagogies that minimise opportunities to cheat
    • Developing open research practices
    • Upholding transparency and reproducibility in research
    • Assessment design that challenges plagiarism
    • Designing low-stakes assignments focused on learning outcomes
    • Embracing cheating in assignments and assessments
    • Research management that is more inclusive
    • How to properly acknowledge the work of ECRs
    • Fighting online cheating
    • What to do about essay mills
    • Using AI to tackle plagiarism / misconduct
    • How to resist the temptation to use faulty data
    • What to do when you see bad academic practices
    • Building an institutional culture of honesty and openness

    Some suggested resource headlines are:

    • If you can’t beat it, join it: how to incorporate “cheating” into assessment
    • Online plagiarism checkers, yes or no?
    • What to do when your paper is retracted
    • See it, say it: how to report unethical behaviour
    • Five tips for creating quality open-book assessments
    • The why, what and how of spotting questionable information in research
    • Is there still a place for in-person, invigilated exams in HE's brave new digital world?

    Deadline for content: Monday, 16th January.

  • Due 9 January - Improving university admissions and access

    Improving university admissions and access, to include advice and insight on topics including:

    • Common challenges faced by admissions teams and how to overcome them
    • What can make admissions fairer
    • How faculty can help admissions teams
    • What should admissions teams look for in applicants
    • How to boost participation from under-represented groups
    • Helping first-gen students settle in
    • Support from admission to graduation
    • Anticipating changing student needs
    • How to work with the local community to boost HE access
    • Improving external engagement
    • Using AI to support admissions processes
    • How to make blind admissions work
    • How to fight summer or Christmas melt
    • How to market your university as welcoming
    • Redefining academic or educational excellence
    • How to communicate the value of a degree
    • How to judge the whole student
    • The Common App – is it working?
    • Creating pathways into higher education for under-represented groups
    • Designing bridging programmes to help students prepare for university
    • Helping potential students navigate the admissions process
    • Supporting the tech needs of new students

    Deadline for content: Monday, 9th January.

  • Due 12 December - How to build an academic career

    How to build an academic career, to include advice and insight on topics including:

    • Higher education job hunting tips
    • How to work towards and secure tenure
    • Writing tenure review letters
    • What do job titles mean in HE around the world
    • Navigating the academic hierarchy
    • The dos and don'ts of academic CVs/resumés
    • How to build a career focused on teaching rather than research
    • Writing grant applications (tips, hints, etc)
    • HE unions – are they worth joining, how to get involved, how to negotiate with them
    • Understanding university recruitment and remuneration
    • How to network effectively
    • How to give a “job talk” (a presentation of how you go about doing your research)
    • What to do if your career stalls
    • Dealing with and learning from rejection
    • What does a “success” mean in academia?
    • How to manage parental leave and the return to work
    • How to ask for or when to take a sabbatical
    • Where to focus effort when building your career (getting tenure, publishing, writing books)
    • How to overcome barriers to promotion
    • How to navigate a career change
    • Building an academic career as a BIPOC/BAME academic
    • Managing difficult bosses
    • Choosing the right supervisor
    • Getting university admin staff on your side
    • Great resignations: knowing when and how to leave academia

    Deadline for content: Monday 12th December

  • Due 21 November - How to improve student retention

    How to improve student retention, to include advice and insight on topics including:

    • Creating flexible learning pathways for students with complex lives
    • Programme and course design for diverse student cohorts
    • Practical classroom tips to help minority students succeed
    • Inclusive assessment and assignment design
    • Support for first gen students during their first year
    • Advice on general first year student support
    • What holistic support really makes a difference to struggling students
    • How to spot early when students are disengaging
    • Using AI for early intervention support for struggling students
    • What study skills do students need to succeed in their degrees
    • Making students feel at home
    • Creating stackable credits so students progress in stages
    • Creating transferrable courses and credits between institutions / countries
    • Designing early college programmes to improve students’ chances of success
    • Course sharing between institutions
    • Fostering a happy and safe environment on campus

    Some suggested resource headlines are:

    • Five things that really make a difference to student retention
    • Stop the dropout! How to spot when students need support
    • How to design a flexible programme compatible with complex lives
    • Sharing’s caring: advice on effective course sharing between institutions
    • How to encourage students to make use of office hours

    Deadline for content: Monday, 21st November

  • Due 7 November - Leadership in higher education

    Leadership in higher education, to include advice and insight on topics including:

    • AI to personalise higher education (teaching, feedback, support)
    • What is good leadership
    • Tips from exceptional leaders
    • What do rank and file faculty want from their leaders?
    • Managing university finances
    • Perils of being a middle manager (and how to excel at it)
    • How to get staff on board with structural or cultural changes
    • The most common mistakes made by managers/leaders/v-cs?
    • Managing conflict
    • Effective communication
    • How to inspire
    • Is the five-year strategy dead?
    • How to lead through uncertainty / crisis
    • Managing government policy changes
    • How to work with diverse stakeholders 

    Some suggested resource headlines are:

    • What I wish I had known before becoming an HE leader
    • Bringing empathy into leadership: why and how
    • The leadership styles that work on campus
    • How to get the most out of your staff
    • Five inspirational leaders and what they can teach us in HE
    • What an institutional leader should do about burn out
    • Why I would encourage someone to become a university president

    Deadline for content: Monday 7th November

  • Due October 17 - SPOTLIGHT SPECIAL: Achieving work-life balance

    SPOTLIGHT SPECIAL: Achieving work-life balance, to include advice on topics including:

    • How to set boundaries at work and why it’s important
    • Discussing work-life balance with your boss/leadership
    • Women in HE: issues around childcare, maternity leave and more
    • Carving out time for yourself amidst hectic academic schedules
    • What leadership can do to facilitate better work-life balance for staff
    • Why the fabled 60-hour working week is untenable
    • Communicating timetables
    • Sharing caring responsibilities for students
    • How to turn off/deal with the emotional burden of pastoral care
    • How to switch off at the end of the day
    • Tips on dealing with stress in the workplace
    • Creating a campus where people can balance family time and work time
    • How to make flexible working environments work
    • The do’s and don’t’s of offering support resources for staff and students
    • How to recognise burnout early

    Some suggested resource headlines are:

    • Should I check emails on holiday?
    • How do I know if I’m getting paid enough? 
    • The secrets to balancing teaching and research – and still having time for yourself
    • Why having ‘down time’ is crucial for your career
    • What should an academic’s working week actually look like?

    Deadline for content: Monday 17th October

  • Due October 10 - Improving assessment in higher education

    Improving assessment in higher education, to include advice on topics including:

    • Designing “authentic” assessments tied to relevant skills
    • Self-assessment (students and staff)
    • Peer assessment (students and staff)
    • Designing accessible assessments
    • Summative assessment
    • Formative assessment
    • Ensuring equity in assessment design and delivery
    • Creative forms of assessment
    • Machine learning to personalise assessment and feedback
    • Assessment of large cohorts
    • How to provide helpful feedback
    • Developing effective and efficient marking rubrics
    • Online versus in-person assessment
    • How to use low stakes regular assessment
    • Assessing teaching or course quality
    • Experiential assessment

    Some suggested resource headlines are:

    • Common mistakes in HE assessment and how to avoid them
    • Formative, summative and diagnostic assessment: how to use each one
    • How to remove barriers to accessibility in assessment
    • Open-book assessments: the dos and don'ts
    • Is the traditional exam dead?
    • How do we assess soft skills?
    • How to get students to read and learn from feedback
    • How to teach exam technique
    • Tips and tasks for continuous assessment

    Deadline for content: Monday 10th October